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THE JUNK MAIL EXPERIMENT
Barbara Hashimoto’s newest site-specific work, realized through the sponsorship of Les Amis de la Terre at the Musée du Montparnasse-Paris, extends artistic and social themes that have permeated the artist’s work for years. more>


 

PINK TATAMI
The idea for PINK TATAMI first came to me after I had spent the entire day cleaning the twenty four tatami in an old uninhabited wooden home in Tokyo. I pulled the tatami up out of the sunken floor into which they fit so snugly and piled them inside the room that was soon to be my new home and studio. I had never seen the underbelly of tatami before, nor the guts of a traditional Japanese-style room left exposed by their removal. It was a beautiful, vulnerable image. more >

 

PERFORMANCE WITH JOHN LE CARRÉ more>

 

JUNK MAIL WEAVINGS
Hashimoto’s weavings were especially strong, for instance a surrealist abstraction whose title helps us identify its source in a shredded catalogue photo of Kate Moss.. Kirsten Swenson,
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RED CREDIT
Works made from credit card junk mail solicitations. more >

 

QUEENS / QUEANS
The genesis of this series occurred through the artist’s examination of Nana, the main character in the novel by Emile Zola of the same name. This research-based work addresses cross-cultural identity, sexuality and prostitution, incorporating references to Zola's preliminary notes on the character and various visual appropriations. more>


 

 

INTERIORS
I spent the summer after my father’s death cleaning out the contents of my childhood home. There was a dense accumulation of objects set aside for over 50 years.  My dad had kept everything -- every birthday card I had ever given him, every drawing that I had made for him, every letter I had sent him.  more >

Barbara Hashimoto

 

TABULAE RASAE
In Return to Tabulae Rasae, Part Two of Barbara Hashimoto's solo show at Xiem Gallery, this critically acclaimed LA-based artist presents a new body of work. Hashimoto's 15-year exploration of the book form evolved - through sculpture, performance and installation, from the initial censoring, binding, incineration and final cracking open of fired ceramic books, to evocative constructions of neo-narrative ceramic tablets. more>


 

EVERY MAN WAS HER SLAVE
Barbara Hashimoto’s recent exhibition at Ruth Bachofner Gallery explores time and process.
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SATI SERIES
Sati is a charged topic. In Sanskrit, the feminine noun translates as "a good woman, a true wife", and when applied to a widow, means "a woman who sacrifices herself on the funeral pyre for the love of her husband." more>



TOKYO BAY PROJECT
Sponsored by the Maki Gallery in Tokyo, Hashimoto participated in this outdoor sculpture exhibition situated on a natural beach area at the mouth of Tokyo Bay on the Pacific Ocean.  Grounded in an ethos that focuses on interrelationships, Hashimoto drew upon the cross-cultural, political, and historical aspects of this site while building an installation incorporating the historic architecture and natural plant materials at the location. 
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MORAL STORIES
Based on her work, it could be said that Barbara Hashimoto likes loose ends. Such a statement seems in direct opposition with one of her chosen subject matters—moral stories. Moral stories are generally tidy, with a clear resolution and defined parameters indicating right from wrong. These narratives—like the popular Greek AESOP’s Fables—are used to teach and entertain. more>


 

 

SELECTED CERAMIC WORK